Carina Lyall empowers women through creating a compassionate space for us to be heard and gather in community through her storywork sessions and women’s circles.
We talked about our first experiences of becoming a mother not being as easy and blissful as we had expected (to put it mildly), and how there is such a need for women to be able to tell our stories, uncensored, on purpose, for ourselves. There is such healing when we are allowed to speak our truth.
I also really enjoyed hearing her talk about her experience of becoming a mother of two, and now three, daughters. Carina also shares her wisdom about honoring our monthly cycles and how we can mindfully give ourselves what we need throughout our cycles. We also talked about the magic of women’s circles, what they are and why they’re important.
We also talked about what a challenge it can be as moms to find time to get together in person, and our mixed feelings about social media… and how we both like Snapchat!
Carina also shares some of her favorite ways to get self-care in small, quiet moments. Carina is such an honest, wise, fun, and down-to-earth woman, and I was so encouraged by our conversation.
As women, we have the power to uplift one another and ourselves through providing that compassionate space, and that is my wish for all of us.
- When becoming a mother isn’t how we imagined it would be
- Postpartum depression and difficult feelings
- The healing power of story in her own life
- Becoming a mother of three girls
- Why she has chosen to do storywork rather than coaching
- Social media and the challenge of finding time for friends
- Honoring the everyday
- Women’s circles
- Honoring our body’s need for rest, even when others may not understand or approve
- Knowing ourselves intimately and holding space for ourselves when we feel emotional
- Getting to know our own cycles and passing our knowledge on to our daughters
- Quiet moments of self-care
- “It’s quite special I think to just allow someone to have a voice without going in there to fix them or going in to strategize how they’re going to come out the other end, just giving a woman a breathing space to say this is how I felt, and this is what happened to me, and not making them feel wrong for having that experience.” ~Carina Lyall
- “It ain’t no sin, to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.” ~Tom Waits
Links and Books Mentioned In This Episode:
- Carina’s beautiful website, CarinaLyall.com
- Siblings Without Rivalry
- How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
- I did some searching, and I found a couple of articles about friendship and oxytocin, here and here
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